Up To $300 A Month for Families With Children

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If you have children and you are struggling to make ends meet, there is help available. The federal government is currently providing monthly payments for working families with children through the Child Tax Credit.

While most eligible families receive this relief automatically, if you did not have to file taxes in 2019 or 2020, and did not register for Economic Impact Payments, you DO need to take steps to receive the Child Tax Credit. Learn more and get help signing up below!

What is the Child Tax Credit (CTC)?

The Child Tax Credit provides financial relief for families hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

  • Eligible families receive $3,600 total for every child under 6 years old, or $3,000 total for every child 6–17 years old
  • Working families will receive the full credit if they make under $150,000/year for a couple or $112,500 for a single family with children (or a Head of Household)
  • Child Tax Credit payments do not count as income for any family and do not impact eligibility for other federal benefits like SNAP and WIC

Do I have to apply for the Child Tax Credit? 

I am not required to file taxes

If you did not have to file taxes in 2019 or 2020, and did not register for Economic Impact Payments, you DO need to take steps to receive the Child Tax Credit.

  • This includes those who did not make enough money to be required to file taxes in 2019 or 2020.
  • If eligible, you will get any Economic Impact Payments (“stimulus checks”) that you’re entitled to but may not have received.

To determine your eligibility and sign-up for payments, use the Non-filer Sign-up Tool linked below.


I filed my taxes already, or used the Non-Filer tool

If you’ve filed tax returns for 2019 or 2020, or if you signed up with the Non-Filer tool last year to receive a stimulus check from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), your eligibility will be determined by the IRS. If eligible, you will receive the Child Tax Credit automatically. You do not need to sign up or take any action. 

I need to file my taxes, but haven't done it yet

If you believe that you need to file taxes for 2019 or 2020 but have not yet done so, it's not too late. Once you have filed, your eligibility will be determined by the IRS. For help with filing a late tax return, click here. 

How will I receive the Child Tax Credit?

  • Eligible families receive half of the Child Tax Credit in monthly payments through December 2021:
    • $300 each month for every child under 6
    • $250 each month for every child ages 6–17
  • You will receive the other half when you file your taxes in 2022
  • If you receive IRS refunds through direct deposit, your Child Tax Credit will be deposited into your bank account on the 15th of every month. If you do not use direct deposit, your payment will come by mail around the same time.
  • If you need to sign up to receive the Child Tax Credit, you can sign-up for monthly direct deposit payments or list the address where you’d like your payments mailed.

Where can I find out more and get help signing up?

For more detailed information about the Child Tax Credit, click here.